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67% of voters reject machine candidate Hanabusa: Djou heads for Congress with bright prospects for November reelection

Honolulu: Chris Wong announces bid to take Rod Tam’s Council seat

State Water Commission to decide if OHA destroys State’s last sugar cane plantation

Charles Djou elected to Congress: Hawaii’s first Republican in 20 years

ADV: Djou heading to D.C.

SB: Djou wins U.S. House seat

Republican candidate Duke Aiona opens Oahu headquarters

Hundreds of supporters came out to celebrate. The former judge has spent the past 7 1/2 years as Lieutenant Governor.

He says he's excited to begin campaigning, and will continue to explain where he stands on the issues.

"In the next few months or so, we'll be rolling out our platform, on education, on the economy, on energy, the environment and we'll put that together and we'll present that to the people of Hawaii and they'll know exactly where I stand", said Lt. Governor Duke Aiona.

KITV: Aiona Opens Campaign Headquarters

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ADV: Looking for some more heft from Aiona (Democrat Advertiser prepares new anti-Aiona riff for use by Abercrombie, Hannemann)

(Dan H Case’s Advertiser still hasn’t learned the 2006 lesson taught to Steve Case’s Time Magazine about calling Hawaiian politicians “stupid”.)

All of the candidates for governor this year go into the campaign with the aura of unfinished business about them.

With Neil Abercrombie, it's the unfinished congressional term. Assuming he declares his candidacy, Mayor Mufi Hannemann will have his unfinished term and most likely an unstarted rail project to contend with.

But James "Duke" Aiona has perhaps the most unfinished resume of all, thanks to the hyper-controlling political machinery that has kept Gov. Linda Lingle on track for nearly eight years but has kept her lieutenant governor on an extremely short leash….

Frankly, we wanted to see Aiona personally stretch for something requiring some political and intellectual heft.

(Blablabla…the rest of this article deserves a point-by-point debunk)

BTW, over at AtomicMonkey “not a Mufi site”: Abercrombie Website Makes Immodest Claims About His Superior Intellect (Hilarious spoof on Abercrombie’s campaign site claim of “extreme brainpower”) 

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Council to pick Djou's successor

According to the City Charter, his eight remaining colleagues on the council would have 30 days to name a successor. That person would fill out the rest of Djou's term, which ends Jan. 2.

If the council cannot come to a decision in 30 days, it would be up to Mayor Mufi Hannemann to choose Djou's replacement.

Council Chairman Todd Apo said the council first has to wait for Djou to take office before the 30-day clock starts. There would be a public call for candidates from among registered voters in the district, which runs from Hawai'i Kai to Ala Moana.

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Kauai: Mayor signs open density bill

Under the new law, a maximum of five units can be built on all open zoned parcels, while county open district zoned lands are now subject to stricter subdivision standards.

A parcel that is 50 acres or less in a county open district may be subdivided into lots that are at least five-acres in size.

Parcels that are larger than 50 acres but less than 300 acres may be subdivided into 10 or less lots, none of which may be smaller than five acres.

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Isle condo boards get creative to obtain fees

As more and more financially strapped apartment owners fall behind on their common area maintenance fees, condo associations find themselves feeling the pinch. The quitclaim foreclosure auction is just one of several unpleasant choices facing association boards when members quit paying their fees, which at upscale projects can easily run $1,000 a month.

It happens so often that the Honolulu law firm of Ekimoto & Morris has six paralegals and two attorneys who spend all their time working on condominium fee delinquencies.

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Honolulu airport's old commuter terminal will be replaced in modernization plan

The state is set to begin preliminary work next month on a major expansion of the Interisland Terminal at the Honolulu International Airport, the first significant piece of a $2.3 billion statewide airport modernization plan.

(Mmmmmmm.  Contracts)

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City delays cleanup of its debris in stream

A cleanup of debris left in a Leeward stream bed by city workers won't begin until fall so as to not disrupt endangered Hawaiian stilts nesting there through the summer.

Ironically, it was the improper placement of an estimated 1,500 cubic yards of concrete rubble, used asphalt, metal debris, soil and sediment in the bed of Mā'ili'ili Stream between February 2008 and May 2009 that apparently drew the birds there in the first place.

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